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  School Football over the past 100 seasons.





Austin Football Team History


Austin Black Bears
Austin High School

1625 Danville Rd. SW Decatur, AL 35601
Stadium: Austin Football Field
Colors: Burnt Orange & Black
Coach: Tom Calvin
Region: 4A-R12
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1963  <-- 1982 <- 1983 -> 1984 --> 2019

1983 Season Highlights
 Tom Calvin enters his 6th season as Head Coach at Austin.
 First 13 win season.
 First 10-0 regular season.
 First region championship.
 The Black Bears won the Class 4A Region 12 Championship.
 The Black Bears set a team record by winning 13 games.
 
1983 Season
 Date   Opponent  Score   
 Fri., Aug. 26  vs. Cullman    33   0   W       
 Fri., Sep. 2  @ Homewood    21   0   W       
 Fri., Sep. 9  vs. Coffee   *  38   0   W       
 Fri., Sep. 16  @ Hartselle    20   12   W       
 Fri., Sep. 30  vs. Butler   *  14   10   W       
 Fri., Oct. 7  vs. Athens    28   18   W       
 Fri., Oct. 14  @ Lee Huntsville   *  35   7   W       
 Fri., Oct. 21  vs. Huntsville   *  45   0   W       
 Fri., Oct. 28  vs. Mountain Brook    31   27   W       
 Fri., Nov. 4  @ Decatur    15   12   W       
 Playoffs 
 Fri., Nov. 11  @ Grissom    27   0   W       1st Round Playoffs 
 Fri., Nov. 18  vs. Hewitt-Trussville    39   21   W       2nd Round Playoffs 
 Fri., Nov. 25  @ Woodlawn    23   21   W       Semi-finals Playoffs 
 Fri., Dec. 2  vs. Murphy    0   7   L       Championship Game 
 
1983 Season Totals
  Record13-1
  Points Scored369
  Scoring Average26.4
  Points Allowed135
  Defense Average9.6
  Opponents Record80-76
  Region Record4-0
  Home Record7-1
  Away Record6-0
1983 Class 4A Rankings
 Date   Week   Rank   Record   Votes   Source 
10/12/19837 3(6-0) ASWA
10/19/19838 3(7-0) ASWA
10/26/19839 3(8-0) ASWA
10/5/19836 3(5-0) ASWA
11/2/198310 2(9-0) ASWA
11/9/1983Final 2(10-0) ASWA
8/8/1983PS 6 ASWA
9/1/19831 4(1-0) ASWA
9/14/19833 4(3-0) ASWA
9/21/19834 4(4-0) ASWA
9/28/19835 3(4-0) ASWA
9/7/19832 4(2-0) ASWA
  
1983 Class 4A Region 12 Standings
  Regular Season   Playoffs   Region/Area Record 
 Team  W/L/T  PF   PA  W/L/T PF   PA  W/L/T  PF  PA   Coach 
Austin 13-13691353-189494-013217  Tom Calvin
Coffee 8-31831420-18133-16167  Merle West
Butler 4-62191812-210958  Mike Gerry
Huntsville 1-9413271-37119  Jim Michael
Lee Huntsville 1-91122190-43886  Max Burleson
Brewer 8-3270177  Wayne Shelton

1983 Player Awards
 Player   Position   Class   Ht.   Wt.   Award   Team   Source 
 Alphonso Pettus RB Sr.6-0180 All-Star Game  
 Deron Huerkamp OL Sr. All-Star Game  

1983 All State Players
 Player   Position   Class   Ht.   Wt.   Team   Source 
 Alphonso PettusRB Sr.6-0180 2nd  BN
 Alphonso PettusRB Sr.6-0180 1st  ASWA
 Deron HuerkampOL Sr.6-3240 1st  BN
 Deron HuerkampOL Sr.6-3240 1st  ASWA
 Fredie TaylorRB HM  ASWA
 Greg GilbertWR Jr. HM  ASWA
 Greg GilbertWR Jr. HM  BN
 Guy WilsonOL HM  ASWA
 Jimmy JonesOL HM  ASWA
 Tony MorrowE Sr.5-9165 1st  BN
 Tony MorrowWR Sr.5-9165 1st  ASWA
 Toriano TaylorRB HM  BN



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